|Ramon Navarro, Ronald Halfwerk
| The SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation conference is unparalleled as the global gathering for the international community of researchers, suppliers, and program managers of large ground- and space-based telescopes. More than 2,500 papers are presented in 12 conferences, including a new track in radio astronomy joining long-running tracks on ground-based and airborne telescopes and instrumentation, interferometry and imaging, detectors, adaptive optics, observatory operations and other topics.
A two-day exhibition features 115 companies and institutes showcasing their latest technologies and systems, including devices and components for large ground-based telescopes and instruments, astronomy information technologies, space telescopes and instruments, detectors, and specialized optics materials and systems.
The Netherlands is very present at this conference in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK). Over 100 scientific papers are presented by SRON, ASTRON, TNO, NOVA and its universities. On top of that ESA ESTEC, based in Noordwijk (NL), presents a large number of papers. There is also a Holland Pavilion at the Exhibition, showcasing the latest technologies by SRON, ASTRON, TNO and NOVA, as well as participating companies such as: JPE, VDL-ETG, Cosine, Technology of Sense and MA3 Solutions.
ASTRON is showing its latest developments on the low cost solutions for RF over Fiber applications for the SKA. Rafaella Morganti gave a plenary about radio astronomy and the exiting times made possible by technology developments. Jan Geralt Bij de Vaate held two poster presentations about the SKA CSP and the LFAA.
NOVA is showing its achievements on the development of the Freeform Active Mirror Element (FAME), built as part of the OPTICON 7th framework programme.
In the upper left of the picture is showed the traditional Scottish opening of the exhibition heading the Holland pavilion.